The human body, some authors have written, is God’s most perfect work of art, while others have written that it’s full of flaws and imperfections; yet beautiful in its own way. We’ve heard of limitless amounts that poets, artists and philosophers have said about the depths of physical beauty. But the real question is, what really is classified as “beautiful”?
The society has virtually made itself smaller via the internet and social media. We are able to keep tabs on everything that’s happening in our surroundings within seconds’ time. It is in our nature to share the exciting things that happen to us with others. It could be as ordinary as a new haircut or a new shade of lipstick.
In 1839, when Robert Cornelius photographed himself for the first time, which was also the first photograph of a person to ever be taken, he probably had no idea that the method he had just pioneered would take over the world a century and a half later. Today, selfie is a household word that even toddlers are familiar with. The thing about selfies is that if you take a good picture, it makes you feel better about yourself and it helps you shake off your insecurities. No matter how “fat” or “ugly” you might think you are, you have to eventually adjust yourself and be comfortable in your own skin. And you’re prone to do anything that makes you feel good about the skin you have to live in your entire life.
When a person has spent their entire life being judged whenever they entered a room, or walked down the promenade, it is only natural that they’d be more into showing only the pieces of themselves that they wants others to see. Whether it is a “duckface” or a “funky” haircut, they do the best they could do meet the standards and expectations of what the society calls “beautiful”. Who wouldn’t want to be admired, anyway? But the thing about social media is, it ruins whatever it can. Selfie-shaming is something everyone has gone through at one point in their lives. But only a few stood against it.
What’s rather unfortunate is that, a majority of the people who undergo selfie-shaming oppress themselves following such incidents; often falling victim to depression, for which there is no known cure. Some have even gone to extreme lengths to take that one selfie which society would “approve” – but unfortunately most of them end up sacrificing their lives for that one shot. So perhaps the bigger question is, who gave us the right to belittle someone else like that in the first place? Who gave us the right to shame others, while we are not even aware of our very own flaws? It definitely is high time, that the society learnt that “beauty” was never about being flawless. It has always been, and will be being comfortable while embracing your own flaws. For its those flaws that makes us perfect.